The ravens are in an enviable position, arguably one of the best in the sport.
At the start of the season, they were among the favorites to win the Super Bowl alongside the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers. And now they are hardly the favorites to win at AFC North.
The general assumption is that even if the Ravens do make it into the postseason, they won’t get far. It will be unambiguous.
This is why this season has become fun. The pressure is relieved.
To put this all in perspective, think about what the coaching staff did to keep the Ravens in first place in a division with four regular season games left after losing two starting defenders and a left tackle in the Pro Bowl.
And this is just an insult.
On the defensive side, the Ravens currently lack two starting defensive ends, two starting defenders and two Pro Bowl corner defenders. Thus, in at least three of the four remaining games against the Packers, the Cincinnati Bengals, the Los Angeles Rams and the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Ravens are likely to lose.
This city will take on this role. Baltimoreans love to be outsiders and this “us versus the world” mentality. To drink the sugar-laden purple Kool-Aid, you need to walk with the chip on your shoulder.
From now until the end of the season, Ravens coach John Harbaugh has to use all these old corny slogans like “Why not us?”
The crows are in this position. Despite the unpredictability and mediocrity of the NFL, few give the Ravens (8-5) a chance to knock down the Packers (10-3). Even the Ravens know this is a tough battle that will face quarterback Aaron Rogers, a weird guy who loves drama but can quit football better than anyone. And he has one of the best NFL receivers, Davante Adams.
Combined with injury, erratic passing and # 31 pass defenses, this game is written for the Ravens everywhere.
“I think it’s just handling a series of events,” Defense Coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale said when asked about the defense of Rogers, the NFL’s three-time most valuable player. “We keep talking about it. We’ve been talking about this for the past four years. This is one of those quarterbacks … just like the players want to talk about [Michael] Jordan, LeBron [James], Kobe [Bryant] – whichever order you place it – I think with [Peyton] Manning, Rogers, [Drew] Breeze, they’re on Mount Rushmore among the league’s quarterbacks.
“It’s just one of those things; you need to know what he will play. This is part of this league. I have nothing but respect for this league and for what he has done in this league. And this is his fault. It’s definitely his fault, and he handles it, and he handles it very well. ”
To make matters worse, the Crows could do without starting quarterback Lamar Jackson, who missed all three workouts this week with a sprained ankle. A healthy Jackson would certainly increase the Ravens’ chances of upsetting the Packers, but for now this is just another hurdle to overcome.
This is Tyler Huntley’s backup defender’s chance to shake the world.
“It’s just the NFL; You have to understand that things like this can happen, ”said offensive coordinator Greg Roman of the team’s injuries. “You’re not blinking, you’re just trying to make the best decision you can and adjust accordingly. I mean, actually, when we start each season, I kind of talk to myself, saying, “Hey, reminder – all those 11 guys you just trained with today, they might not be attending. every game. So you better be prepared for this in different ways. ” It usually happens in groups for a reason, and this is one of those years. But I love guys [and] I like their attitude. We have everything you need for this.
“It’s all about the possibilities. Not everyone takes advantage of their opportunity, but [Huntley] of course there is – this is the key to professional football. ”
A week ago, Huntley looked poised for the challenge, completing 27 of 38 assists for 270 yards as the Ravens nearly returned from a 24-3 deficit to upset the Browns in Cleveland. However, Green Bay is a much better team.
The Bengals (7-6), despite their lack of resilience, will be challenging in Cincinnati next week in a key division game. The Rams (9-4) with quarterback Matthew Stafford and 3rd pass in the league will not be an easy contender when they visit Baltimore on January 2.
There’s only one game left, and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger isn’t looking to end his Baltimore career without a fight. He may have a chance to knock the Ravens out of the postseason fight.
The crows stumble like a drunken fighter. They have too much pride to give up and hope to catch a couple of mowers to take them to the title match.
They are somewhat similar to the New England Patriots. No one expected Coach Bill Belichick’s team to be good at the start of the season, and it is now one of the strongest and most competitive clubs in the NFL. There used to be Crows in this class, but now they are not.
However, they stick around trying to rebuild themselves.
They have nothing to lose.